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Sock Update

Progress on Sock 2

I have just checked and I haven’t mentioned these socks before.

Here is the finished one

This is my interpretation of Helen Stewart’s Shell Cottage pattern.

I am using yarn from Fiber Lily (Ebb colourway – I originally bought it to make a shawl, but given that I don’t wear shawls I decided to make socks instead).

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Bluprint Classes

Garter Point Lace Edging

Late last year I subscribed to Bluprint (formerly Craftsy), it was a good deal and the subscription came with vouchers to buy 12 classes outright.

I have done some of the other classes and enjoyed them. The format suits me – I can watch when I want and work through the homework as I have time.

In this strange world we now find ourselves (below is an image of our local playground – roped off for the foreseeable future) I decided I had a bit of time and space to work on some of the classes.

I am currently working on Heirloom Lace Edgings, the teacher is Franklin Habit. He is a good teacher, he explains things well. The first photo shows my homework – I have knitted the centre (the thing to which I am going to attach my lace) and now I am working on the lace.

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Project Bag

Sock Knitting Project Bag

I have made a new project bag for my sock knitting. I wanted it to fit my knitting (obviously) and an A5 notebook. I also like the zip closure rather than a drawstring.

The machine embroidery design is from Urban Threads.

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Covid 19 Socks

The start of my plague socks

Like everyone else in the world, I am in lock-down. Not as harsh as other countries, at this stage it is mostly voluntary. Strongly advised to stay at home; and cafes, restaurants, gyms, any place where people congregate are closed. The borders are closed. People are still being selfish and incredibly irresponsible.

So time for a new knitting project. I am going to knit socks (using a lovely red Malabrigo -it’s called Cereza). I am going to put this on the leg

As you can see, I have started the swatch.

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A New Hat

Yarn for a Roadside Beanie

I am going to make Miss A a hat – a roadside beanie. I bought the kit from Calico and Ivy.

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Heart Socks Finished

Heart Socks

I finished the Heartgyle socks from Boost Your Knitting.

I am really pleased I had a go at knitting intarsia in the round – not a fan of the ‘seam’ you can see on the back (see below).

See the seam on the right?

My first heart was much better than my second heart. I think it was because I left all of the weaving in to the end on the first one, but did as I went with the second, which made my tension a bit crap.

I do like the different coloured cuff, heels and toes, so I will do that again. I am keen to try stranded colour work socks, but next up I am going to knit my own version of Helen Stewart’s Shell Cottage Socks (I will use the stitch pattern, but my own ‘recipe’).

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Heart Socks

Heart Socks

I am keen to improve my knitting skills and colour work always looks so lovely. These socks are from the Boost Your Knitting book. I was intrigued by the idea of intarsia in the round.

It came together quite well – I am disappointed about the reverse side. Despite my best efforts there is a noticeable ‘join’. It is on the inside of your leg (when you are wearing the socks).

The issue of the join is that you are making one stitch out of two, so it is always going to have more yarn than a normal stitch and it just stands out.

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Birthday Socks

Progress on the birthday sock

I have been spending all of my craft time on Mr Sewwitty’s birthday sock – this is the first one and I still have a bit to go before the toe (I made him try it on today).

A knot in my yarn!

Annoyingly, the yarn had a knot in it – I cut the knot and weaved in both ends as I went, but still annoying.

This is just a plain sock – although it has a twisted rib and eye of partridge heel, so not completely plain.

The yarn is a Waikiwi print, which I bought at Cross Way’s Wool and Fabric.

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Birthday Sock

Swatch

Someone in my house has a big birthday this year, so I thought a pair of socks might be in order (despite the large feet).

I am using a Waikiwi Print in shade 459 (it’s the brown mix). I bought three balls (because of the big feet).

Progress on Sock 1

I have done a twisted rib and then it’s going to be a plain vanilla sock.

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Heartgyle Socks

Progress on Heartgyle Socks

I have started knitting the Heartgyle socks from Boost Your Knitting – the intarsia heart is going well, but the getting it to work in the round is not going so well (see below)

Back of Heartgyle sock

You can see where I have been doing the yarn overs and the turn. The instructions do say

You will see that the turn between right side and wrong side creates a small ridge in the work but it is not hugely obvious.

And they have an image and it’s true on their sock it isn’t very obvious. I can see that my later turns are better – more discreet if you like, but now I need to decide if I rip it back and start again. I am leaning towards ripping back.

There are some great tutorials on how to do this on You Tube – here.

I think the method is good it’s just my execution.

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